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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: stock markets plummet, after the vote heard round the world. >> we will call it independence day. >> the british people have voted, and their will must be respected. >> pelley: a prime minister resigns. what does it mean for america? also tonight, the death toll is rising in west virginia's floods. >> we got out, so that's all that matters. >> pelley: nowhere to run as flames race through the california hills. >> it was like driving into the apocalypse, like driving into hell. >> pelley: and after the massacre in orlando, a young man made the most important decision of his life. >> my heart sank inside of my chest.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. we have two breaking stories tonight-- world stock markets lost $2 trillion today. the dow fell more than 600 points, part of a rout, after great britain broke from the european union. also tonight, at least 20 people are dead, more than 100 homes destroyed after nine inches of rain inundated west virginia. the death toll is expected to rise. first, we'll go to the shaky economy. once the largest empire, britain is an island again. the united kingdom declared independence from the european union in a referendum that felt like a revolution-- bitter, violent, cleaving the kingdom almost precisely in half. mark phillips is there. >> reporter: the sun did rise over london today, somehow, despite the shock of what had
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happened overnight. and the light of day revealed one of the first consequences and casualties-- the prime minister's motorcade on its way to buckingham palace, where david cameron would tell the queen he was quitting. he had gambled on the referendum, led the campaign to stay in europe and lost. someone else could manage the divorce. >> i will do everything i can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months, but i do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination. >> reporter: other consequences became apparent even as the ballots were being counted. as the vote to leave the e.u. rose, the value of the british pound fell. the biggest single one-day drop ever, down 10% at one point against the dollar. stock prices followed. the leave campaign had called warnings of an economic tailspin "scaremongering," but the fears were turning to reality.
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instead, many did buy into other fears, that staying in europe would allow an influx of immigrant hordes from the east, and those who had successfully stoked those fears, like nigel farage, were gleeful. >> june the 23 needs to become a national bank holiday, and we will call it independence day. thank you. ( cheers ) >> reporter: london, unlike most of the country, had voted to stay in. and leave campaigner boris johnson was jeered as he left home. he's now a favorite to take over as prime minister and tried to take the high road. >> i believe we now have a glorious opportunity. we can pass our laws and set our taxes entirely according to the needs of the u.k. economy. we can control our own borders. >> reporter: the vote had split the country on age, geographic, and economic lines. the older, poorer, less-well- educated voted out.
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the young, better educated wanted to stay in. the vote hasn't cleared the air here, it's made it more bitter. the old have determined what kind of country the young will live in. everything-- politically, economically-- is now uncertain. it's not even clear whether david cameron can hang on until october as he says he wants to. his is being called a zombie administration. he's not a lame duck, scott. he's a dead duck. >> pelley: mark phillips in london for us tonight. mark, thanks. it was close-- the leave campaign won 52% to 48%. it will take two years for the divorce. britain will regain control of its borders and free itself from european union regulations, but the u.k., the fifth largest economy in the world, will lose its automatic access to the largest trading bloc of nations. all kinds of banking rules and trade treaties will have to be rewritten.
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anthony mason is here with the market reaction. anthony? >> reporter: scott, the french prime minister called the vote an electroshock and it jolted the overseas markets first. british stocks fell more than 3%. japan plunged almost 8%. the european index was off more than 8%. the contagions quickly spread to the u.s.-- the dow fell more than 600 points. the sell-off here was swift but orderly, not a panic. but the markets signaled a period of prolonged volatility, both economically, and politically. markets hate uncertainty, and this move leaves so many unanswered questions-- who will lead britain, still the fifth largest economy in the world? what will the impact be on europe? will other countries try to follow the u.k. out the door of the e.u.? how this will affect elections in france and germany next year? the bank of england said today it set aside 250 billion pounds, that's nearly $350 billion, to help stabilize the british
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economy while it cuts ties with europe and negotiates new trade deals with all its partners. how will all this unfold? no one's really sure. it hasn't happened before. another dash of uncertainty to add to this stew of potential turmoil that's turning investors' stomachs. when the future looks cloudy, businesses stop hiring and banks slow lending. the fear is, scott, that could be a recipe for a global slowdown, if not a recession. >> pelley: anthony mason. thank you, anthony. for a little market perspective, have a look at the dow industrial average the last 12 months. just in february, the market was under 16,000, so even after today's drop, it's still above 17,400. as anthony said, no country has ever left the e.u. the union started after world war ii to make europe a world power of trade instead of the leading producer of war. 28 countries combined, something like our united states, where people, goods and services move
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freely. 19 of them use the euro currency. hillary clinton was for britain staying in. today, donald trump was in scotland, celebrating the divide. here's charlie d'agata. >> reporter: donald trump landed just as the momentous news was sinking in-- britain was leaving europe. >> i think it's going to be great. no, i think it's great. >> reporter: trump said he saw parallels between the voters here and what's happening in the u.s. >> they're angry over borders. they're angry over people coming into the country and taking over. they're angry about many, many things. >> reporter: trump was here to reopen his luxury turnberry golf course. >> those are the new balls you ordered. >> reporter: but it felt more like another campaign stop. after a protester was removed for tossing golf balls with nazi swastikas towards him, trump got back to business. >> people want to take their country back. i felt that that was going to happen. i felt it was going to happen
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and there are great similarities between what happened here and my campaign. >> reporter: trump was an unpopular figure here, even before the vote, accused of coming up short on promised investments and new jobs. scottish politician alex salmond dealt with trump early on, during the negotiations over his golf courses. >> it would go from pleading to joking to bullying to ranting-- all in the space of a few minutes. and that was a phone call about a golf course. you can imagine what he'd be like if he was talking about nuclear weapons? i mean, it's unbelievable. >> reporter: here in scotland, they voted overwhelmingly to remain in europe, scott, which triggers another crisis. scotland is again threatening to leave the u.k. in order to stay in europe, and a new referendum for a possible breakup is now highly likely. >> pelley: charlie d'agata reporting for us tonight. charlie, thank you. well, we couldn't help but
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notice the similarity between the slogan used by those who voted to leave the u.k.-- "take back our country"-- and the one that donald trump uses-- "make america great again." dean reynolds found a number of parallels between politics in the u.s. and the u.k. >> reporter: jack mcinerney is a trump delegate from illinois to next month's national convention and something of an insurgent. >> remember those bumper stickers, "question authority?" i like those bumper stickers. >> reporter: like many trump supporters and the candidate himself, this insurance salesman from the chicago suburbs applauds the british decision to leave the european union. will the establishment in america wake up to what happened? >> oh, yeah, on january 20 next year, when d.j.t. takes the oath of office. >> reporter: trump won the republican primary in illinois, and in discussions with a number of his supporters, they all applauded the disruptive nature of his campaign, his politically incorrect stands, and the
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trouble he causes for the political class. just as the vote in britain made the prime minister quit. >> i would be very afraid to be a politician in america today. >> reporter: entrepreneur vito glazers is a committed trump supporter. do you think that trump is a manifestation of the skepticism sweeping the country? >> absolutely. i do think his message resonates because he-- even though-- because he is so nontraditional. >> reporter: critics say trump's attack on rivals or the news media and his views on sensitive subjects like race, give license to extremists. a congressional candidate in tennessee, for example, edited the trump campaign slogan, "make america great again," to read this way: but his supporters contend trump's words are often distorted. in any case, the fallout, they told us, is cleansing. >> people showed in britain that they're willing to show up. they're willing to take action, and they want what they want. and they're not going to let a false narrative or threats of being called a bigot or racist get in the way. >> reporter: and speaking of the
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way, these trump supporters see the vote in britain as a sign that the world is changing course. and, scott, they believe that the election of donald trump will ensure it heads in the right direction. >> pelley: dean reynolds for us tonight. dean, thank you. now back to that other breaking story. the death toll from flooding in west virginia is at least 20. severe thunderstorms dumped nine inches of rain, washing out homes and roads. kris van cleave is in white sulfur springs. >> dad, watch out! >> reporter: even fire was no match for the raging floodwaters in white sulfur springs, west virginia, thursday. that is the remains of a washed away home. semis and cars were tossed around, too. the storms knocked out power to tens of thousands. more than 500 people statewide had to be rescued, including this man, who shot video while trapped on a rooftop. >> it was a couple of times that i thought i was gone. >> reporter: nicole lewis was swept away by the surging howard creek. somehow she managed to cling to
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this tree for more than three hours. >> i have five kids, three who are mine, and two steps, and i just thought about them the whole time, that i had to get back to them. >> reporter: at least 100 homes have been seriously damaged or destroyed across west virginia. this one sits in the street next to overturned cars. others are just gone, as are the three people who are inside. city police and medics are going door to door checking for survivors. >> it's sad to look around see all this. did all that rain cause all this? i don't understand. >> reporter: part of vicki wit's home was ripped away after the neighbor's house hit it. she, her grandchildren, and neighbors had to be rescued from the second floor but the family dog was left behind. they found him today. >> we got out, so that's all that matters. >> reporter: the cleanup effort is just beginning, and it's going to be helped by an
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improving drier forecast in the days to come. scott, because so many houses are off their foundations here, gas lines have been cut, water lines have been cut, and power lines are down across this area. >> pelley: kris van cleave. thank you, kris. a wildfire is roaring out of control near bakersfield, california. it has killed at least two people. 80 homes have burned, along with 30 square miles. carter evans is on the front lines. >> reporter: there was no stopping this fire once it started, and little in its path was spared. >> it was like driving into the apocalypse. it was driving into hell. >> reporter: 800 firefighters are battling the blaze, and more are on the way. the speed of the fire caught everyone by surprise, including kern county fire chief brian marshall. >> our firefighters have been engaged in a firefight of epic proportions, trying to save every structure possible. >> reporter: the fire began thursday afternoon near lake
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isabella, driven by extremely strong winds and high heat, the flames quickly jumped from house to house. >> the home you see burning is a total loss. >> reporter: fire captain tyler townsend shot this video at the peak of the fire. >> that's another tank taking off there. >> reporter: power lines and propane tanks caught fire, making it dangerous for crews to approach some homes. no firefighters were protecting louie garcia's home when the flames arrived. >> the house next door was already burning. it was engulfed. >> reporter: his neighbors climbed on his roof with garden hoses. if your neighbors hadn't pitched in, if you hadn't hosed down those trees? >> i don't think i would have a house today. the home wouldn't be here. >> reporter: this fire is still out of control right now, 0% containment, and the wind is starting to pick up again this afternoon. scott, to give you an idea how hot these flames are, this is an asphalt roofing shingle from the home behind me and you can see the fire just incinerated it. >> pelley: carter evans on the fire line for us tonight.
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charged with two felony counts of child cruelty. she lost her job and custody of her kids. many in the community support her actions, including alisa nicholson, the neighbor who was allegedly burglarized. >> you know, her kids done wrong, and she spanked them, or whipped them, and i commend her for that. >> reporter: winter applewhite doesn't know spears but paid nearly $400 to bail her out of jail. what did you tell her? >> i told her that i understood where she was coming from, and she did nothing wrong. >> reporter: but some have questioned whether spears went too far. the louisiana department of children and family services said, "reasonable, constructive discipline is a healthy part of parenting. but it crosses into abuse when it leaves a child cut, burned, bloody, or bruised." >> i'd rather discipline my kids than them to be beaten in the street, caught in someone's home murdered, or in someone's prison, and me having to visit.
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>> reporter: the state attorney general is looking into the case, and the local district attorney still has not filed charges. scott, if charges are filed, spears could face 20 years in prison. >> pelley: omar villafranca with the story tonight. omar, thank you. coming up, a national monument to the gay rights movement. movement. defiance is in our bones.
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>> pelley: today, president obama designated the first national monument to gay rights at new york's stonewall inn. the monument will cover more than seven acres, including the iconic tavern and park where people rioted after the stonewall was raided by police in 1969. there's a vigil in orlando tonight in memory of the 49 people killed in the pulse nightclub shooting. 14 remain in the hospital, three in critical condition. in philadelphia today, a funeral was held for the youngest victim, 18-year-old akyra murray. she graduated high school a week
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before she was killed. after orlando, a young man stands up to hate. "on the road" with steve hartman is next.
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to force her out. next. >> pelley: finally tonight, how do you fight the hate and violence we witnessed at the orlando nightclub? steve hartman may have found an answer "on the road." ♪ ♪ >> reporter: at the university of montevallo in alabama, sophomore music major jesse johnson was devastated. >> my heart sank inside of my chest. >> reporter: after the orlando attack, he says he wanted to mourn, but couldn't, at least not with the sincerity he wanted to. >> in the back of my mind i kept thinking, you know, i can't show the sorrow that i have inside without first explaining to the
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world why i have that much sorrow. >> reporter: so after hearing the news, jesse sat down with his phone and did the most daring thing of his life. he typed out a message for his facebook page, stared at it for the longest time, before finally mustering up the courage to click "post." >> i just did it. >> reporter: the note read, in part: >> i wanted to officially be a part of that community that was hurting and that needed as many people to come together and stand with them. >> reporter: a lot of people came out after orlando, but few took as big a risk as jesse johnson. jesse's family lives in jemison, alabama, in the heart of the bible belt. fly a flag here and it better have just red, white, and blue. >> i worry for his safety because of that.
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i mean, this is alabama. >> reporter: jesse's mom, nikki johnson. >> i personally will never understand the parents that turn their back on their kids. i love him, and that will never change. >> i love you, too. >> reporter: when someone shoots up a gay bar, that kind of acceptance is not what he's aiming for. but jesse says the majority of his family and friends have been remarkably supportive, and by doing so, they have helped turn his lifetime of fear into his future of belonging. >> we're going to stand together, regardless of how afraid we are. >> reporter: and that's how you make a terrorist die in vain. steve hartman, "on the road," in montevallo, alabama. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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captioned by her landlords.. trying to f a bay area teacher caught up in an unusual eviction fight. her landlord's trying to force her out in what could be a new strategy in the rental wars. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. we have report on several heated fights between landlords and tenants but this is a first. a teacher served with an eviction notice for using appliances. kpix 5's michelle griego on the new tactic. >> reporter: michelle says the eviction notice on her front door was a shock. >> please take notice or you have committed or permitted to exist. >> reporter: it said she and her daughter had three days to vacate their three-bedroom $1,700 a month apartment in the mission. >> i thought, where am i going to go in san francisco with me
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daughter and my dogs? >> reporter: the reason? her landlord says the illegal in-law unit michelle lived in since 2007 isn't safe because it lacks the proper permits. >> what the landlord is saying is that this tenant of nine years is creating a nuisance by using appliances. >> reporter: it's a strategy in a city with an estimated 30 to 50,000 apartments that are unsafe. >> this house isn't made for multiple units and the electrical and plumbing and other issues are involved. >> reporter: this man represents the couple who bought the home in march for $1.3 million and inherited the teacher as a tenant. >> the former owner left her behind and essentially that's where the real bad person is as well as mayor lee's office for not providing affordable housing. >> it's not fair. >> reporter: and in an

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